Childhood at OriolBook - 2005
Originally published in a very limited printing in England in 1951, this enchanting rediscovery is set in a small villa among the dunes of Le Toquet. It is the story of two energetic, mischievous and sensitive children and their encounters with a privileged set of adult visitors who are in Normandy for the season and who could well have stepped out of a novel by P.G. Wodehouse. This magical novel, which takes place between two world wars, will remind readers of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle and Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals.
Michael Burn will be 95 when Childhood at Oriol is released. As a reporter for The Times, he covered both the abdication of Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor, and the faked Hungarian trial of Cardinal Mindszenty.
Blackwell North Amer
Originally published in a small edition in England in 1951 by Rupert Hart-Davis, Michael Burn's Childhood at Oriol is a novel set in a pleasure resort on the northern coast of France. The resort with its umbrageous pine woods, beaches, golf courses, and casino is modeled on Le Toquet Paris-Plage, which, in the heady atmosphere following World War I, became the world's smart resort frequented by Noel Coward, Syrie Maugham, P. G. Wodehouse, and Edward, Prince of Wales. Childhood at Oriol is both the story of two energetic, mischievous, and sensitive children and a tender elegy for a place in time long forgotten.